WELCOME to Union Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a St. Louis, Missouri, open and affirming faith community that welcomes all God's people to Christ's table. Our vision today and as we move into the future is to be a faithful community growing in the treasures of justice, stewardship, artistic expression and hospitality. We invite you to join us as we strive to serve and worship God … to embrace and learn from God’s word … to celebrate what is good and beautiful … to seek justice … and to demonstrate Christ’s love in our daily lives.
… a faith community growing in the treasures of justice, stewardship,
artistic expression and hospitality.
Our outreach ministries at Union Avenue Christian Church follow Christ’s example of reaching out into the world to share, to heal, to offer hope and compassion, and to change lives. As a faith community, we share the compelling belief that every person is valuable and was created with unique abilities and purpose.
The tradition of lifelong religious education at Union Avenue Christian Church dates back to the church’s founding. It was Dr. James M. Philputt, Union Avenue’s first senior minister, who nudged the congregation into examining the Bible and sacred texts in new ways — consistent with “modern scholarly interpretation.”
The arts help us to encounter the holy and the sacred. The arts inspire us to look at ourselves and our lives, reminding us of the possibility of a full human life — full in the sense of the exercise of our imagination, the use of our perceptions and senses, and the questioning of the unknown and the incomplete.
UNION AVENUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH will once again host a Wednesday evening Lenten Study Series shared between the three Union Communion congregations — Pilgrim Congregational United Church, Westminster Presbyterian, and Union Avenue. We will gather for a potluck meal, beginning each Wednesday at 5:15 p.m., and then break into groups for dialogue and discovery.
Beginning Sunday, January 21, and continuing for three successive Sundays, Rev. Michael Riggs leads us into the Gospel of Mark for a sermon series entitled “HAVING SOMETHING TO SAY: THE PUBLIC VOICE OF THE CHURCH." In Mark's stories about the Kingdom of God, we'll discover how humanity — its society and institutions — impedes the in-breaking of God's kingdom more than it invites and how Jesus calls us beyond our fear.
The METRO TRANS UMBRELLA GROUP will bring together the disparate communities it serves for an evening of celebration and advocacy at Union Avenue Christian Church Saturday, February 3. A facilitated panel discussion of parents and partners of transgender adults will begin the evening's activities at 5 p.m. followed by a concert in the Union Avenue Sanctuary.
This SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, the congregation of Union Avenue Christian Church will gather together in unity and love with our friends and neighbors from Pilgrim Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) and Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) as we remember and celebrate the life and ministry of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Reverend Ayanna Johnson Watkins will bring a powerful word to share and challenge us with, entitled KEEPING HOPE ALIVE. We gather for worship at 10:45 at Union Avenue, and following worship we will gather at tables to share a meal and fellowship in unity and love.
On SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, at 2 p.m., Union Avenue Christian Church will host a special celebration of God’s call upon our lives and ministry. This Epiphany will see our congregation open its hearts and minds and doors to a feast of the Spirit as we officially install our new Senior Minister, the Rev. Michael Riggs, and inaugurate our shared ministry together. Please join us for this special service and reception marking a milestone in the life of our congregation.
Please join us SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2017, at 10:45 a.m. in our fellowship hall as we end one year and begin a new year of service to our community. We'll sing the songs of Christmas, offer up our prayers of thanksgiving and hope, and we'll work together to serve our community and neighbors in need. It's a great way to start a new year!
This SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24, we witness the courage of Mary as the angel Gabriel visits and announces to her that she will bear Jesus. It is a calling story just like that of the prophets of old, and her response, "LET IT BE WITH ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD" should inspire us to also make God's love in Christ incarnate within us as well. REV. MICHAEL RIGGS brings to us a message of love that weaves a golden thread through all that has been and all that will be.
This SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017, we pause and take this opportunity in the holy journey through Advent to rejoice as we spot a glimmer of light on the distant horizon. Rev. Michael Riggs shares a message of joy entitled EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES, drawing inspiration from the ancient wisdom of Isaiah 35 in which the prophet recounts how the desert shall rejoice and blossom once more as we await the arrival of the Promised One.
This SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, we offer up our plea, "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus," as we express our hope for the Prince of Peace to come anew into our lives. Michael Riggs brings a message entitled CITY OF BREAD that echoes the prophetic calls of Micah and Ruth.
THIS ADVENT, WE WELCOME THE REVEREND MICHAEL RIGGS into the life of Union Avenue Christian Church as our new pastor, and we welcome you to participate fully in this holy season as we prepare our hearts and minds for the miracle of God's Love come to us.